VBS was changed in a major way this year! Paul did a wonderful job of describing the numerous volunteers who put in countless hours on so many various tasks to successfully make a virtual VBS happen for MCC this year. Despite social distancing, God remained faithful to move in the hearts of so many of the precious children of our church and community. The basic messages of Biblical truth are so very evident in the themes, songs, and stories. As a group leader this year, I was blessed to enjoy a front row seat to hear from my group of kids. Their joy over the singing, dancing, and crafts was obvious. Their interest in mission work of Genesis of Hope in India was inspiring. Despite the changes to VBS this year, these kids still grew in their knowledge of the Bible and their experience of faith. What a joy to hear their comments and answers to my questions while displaying their love of Jesus! Psalm 96:3 states, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” God’s marvelous deeds and glory were most assuredly declared!
The most surprising aspect of changed VBS this year has been how VBS changed me. Several people commented to me that volunteering for VBS “sounded like a lot of work.” While VBS is a commitment of time and energy, God has moved yet again this year to allow me to be on the receiving end of blessing from VBS that far surpasses what I put into it. The sweet voices of the kids in my group discussing such simple truths like “love God, love people” refreshed my soul during a time when I felt surrounded by discouraging messages and negative voices. More so than any other year with VBS, I distinctly heard the voice of God in my call to serve and felt His presence in every aspect of every day last week. So much peace filled my heart as I rested in the comforting knowledge that I was where God wanted me to be, doing what He wanted me to be doing. I have been inspired by the words of God through the prophet Isaiah (43:19), “See, I am doing a new thing!” While not generally a fan of changes, I can tell you with confidence that I am different and changed after experiencing VBS in a new and changed way!